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Published: 06/25/10

Obama: Sweeping Financial Reforms Will 'Hold Wall Street Accountable'

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Obama: Sweeping Financial Reforms Will 'Hold Wall Street Accountable'

It took 20 hours and some frantic, last-minute dealmaking, but House and Senate negotiators wrapped up a marathon session Friday morning with a final deal to overhaul the American financial system nearly two years after the 2008 crisis that brought the American economy to the brink of collapse. Just before 6 a.m. Friday, bleary-eyed lawmakers approved the House-Senate conference committee report on a party-line vote of 27-16 after a grueling two-week session that Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) compared to living in purgatory. But as President Obama departed for the G-8 Summit hours after the law...

Published: 05/17/10

Roxanne Conlin Guns for Sen. Charles Grassley's Seat in Macho Iowa

By  Sandra Fish - Politics Daily
Roxanne Conlin Guns for Sen. Charles Grassley's Seat in Macho Iowa

In Iowa, the political glass ceiling is a tough one to crack. Only one woman, actress Jean Arthur, has served the state in Congress -- and that was in Billy Wilder's 1948 classic, "A Foreign Affair." Just ask Roxanne Conlin about that glass ceiling. After serving as one of the first two women U.S. attorneys, she ran for governor of Iowa in 1982. She lost to Republican Terry Branstad, who won 53 percent of the vote. Since then, she's been in private practice and is is one of the attorneys who won a class-action anti-trust lawsuit against Microsoft. Now she's running against GOP Sen. Charles...

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Published: 03/20/10

ACORN: Preliminary Autopsy for Battered Community Organizer

By  Ray Abernathy - Politics Daily
ACORN: Preliminary Autopsy for Battered Community Organizer

ACORN is losing its state affiliates and is on the brink of bankruptcy. Once a body of more than 400,000 members and 1,200 neighborhood chapters in 75 American cities, ACORN has been pounded for the last six months following a now famous pimp and prostitute "sting." Documented by suspiciously edited videotapes, the political theater starring James O'Keefe III as the trick-turning avenger set off investigations by five federal agencies including the FBI and the Government Accountability Office (GAO), sparked several congressional hearings, led quickly to suspension of government funding, and s...

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Published: 10/17/09

Grassley Leads All Dems, But by Smaller Margins Than in the Past

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Grassley Leads All Dems, But by Smaller Margins Than in the Past

Five-term Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley has double-digit leads in hypothetical match-ups against a field of Democrats, according to a Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll conducted Oct. 12-14. But his margins fall far short after how he's down in all his re-election runs....

Published: 09/30/09

Debate Over Immigrants Flares as Senators Reject Photo ID for Health Benefits

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Debate Over Immigrants Flares as Senators Reject Photo ID for Health Benefits

After Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled "You lie!" when President Obama told Congress that illegal immigrants would not benefit from health care reform, the president responded, "That's not true." But behind the scenes, Democrats scrambled to make sure that the president was right.In the days that followed, congressional staff added language to the Senate Finance Committee requiring verification of applicants' citizenship or legal residency to receive benefits. The bill already bill stipulated that illegal immigrants would not receive benefits, a provision also in the House version. On Wednesda...

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Published: 09/24/09

Charles Grassley May Be Down, but He's Hardly Out

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Charles Grassley May Be Down, but He's Hardly Out

A poll earlier this week and a story in the New York Times suggest that five-term Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley is paying a political price for his role in the health care reform debate. However, matched against Democrat Bob Krause, a former state representative, Grassley comes out on top, 56 percent to 30 percent with 7 percent undecided, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Sept. 22....

Published: 09/21/09

Grassley's Health Care Involvement Hurting Him at Home

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Grassley's Health Care Involvement Hurting Him at Home

Longtime Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has seen his approval rate among Iowa voters drop sharply in the last five months, according to the Des Moines Register's Iowa poll and the newspaper attributes the fall-off to his work on health care reform legislation....

Published: 07/14/09

Sotomayor Hearings: The Empathy Debate

By  Ria Misra - Politics Daily
Sotomayor Hearings: The Empathy Debate

One of the more curious debates the Supreme Court confirmation hearings is drawing out is on the role of empathy in judging -- and it's worth watching if for no other reason than seeing typically glad-handing politicians trying to explain why empathy is suddenly a bad thing. But with Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation exceedingly likely, it looks as if some senators are shifting their focus from whether Sotomayor is an empathetic judge to the role empathy plays in the president's process in choosing a judge -- and the role it may play in his future Supreme Court nominations. In his opening stateme...

Published: 07/14/09

Grassley at Hearings: I'm a Turn On

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Grassley at Hearings: I'm a Turn On

Another pro-life demonstrator erupted in screams during the Sonia Sotomayor nomination hearings today, interrupting Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) during questioning of the judge and, surprisingly, leading to one of the lighter moments of the day.After four Capitol Police officers removed the yelling man from the hearing room, and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) warned the audience against more outbursts, the floor went back to Grassley. He got back to business by saying, "People always said I had the ability to turn people on." Video below......

Published: 05/18/09

Sen. Chuck Grassley Files His Own Twitter Entries, Thank You Very Much

By  Dylan and Ethan Ris - Politics Daily
Sen. Chuck Grassley Files His Own Twitter Entries, Thank You Very Much

Politicians have a complex relationship with the social networking fad-of-the-moment, Twitter.On the one hand you have the tech-savvy younger generation, who have used the microblogging service to do everything from launch a gubernatorial campaign (Gavin Newsom) to declare their heterosexuality (Charlie Crist).On the other hand, you have a bumbling older generation who either has no idea what Twitter is (Jim Bunning) or suddenly remembers that they invented the whole technology and enlists a staffer to "tweet" for them (John McCain).This week, Capitol Hill daily newspaper The Hill made an alle...

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